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Reds ready for another chance of FA glory - McDonald
9:50am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
REDDITCH United manager Liam McDonald is confident his players won’t be fazed by Saturday’s abandoned FA Trophy clash against Chasetown as they gear up to try again at the Valley Stadium tonight.
A brace for Omar Sterling-James had fired United 2-1 up on Saturday only for torrential rain force the match off with eight minutes of normal time left.
Under FA rules the game must be replayed, so McDonad’s troops are aiming to make sure they progress into the second qualifying round, where they would entertain Brigg Town on Saturday, November 2.
The Reds boss had no complaints about the referee’s decision to call off the match.
He said: “It was disappointing to have the game called off when we were so close to victory but I thought it was the right decision, the safety of the players is the most important thing.
“The weather was okay at the start but the skies just got darker and darker and the rain was very heavy.
“But the players will be ready for the game, we have to continue where we left off on Saturday. Apart from conceding an early goal we controlled the match.”
United moved the replay to tonight because of predicted rain at the start of the week and to ensure the best chance the Trophy clash would go ahead.
Young defender Jimmy Mutton will miss tonight’s match because of suspension but is expected to be available for Saturday’s clash at second-placed Chesham United in the Calor Southern League Premier (3pm ko). United then face another testing away trip to Hungerford next Tuesday (7.45pm ko).
The Reds have hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks, beating Stratford Town in the Red Insure League Cup as well as Hitchin and Burnham in the League.
McDonald added: “We’ve become a lot more solid in recent weeks and are progressing well. Strangely, one of our best performances was the 5-0 Hemel Hempstead loss and we’ve kicked on from there.”
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